Kuwait in talks with Iraq on border towns, free zone

Planned construction of border towns was currently "the preoccupation and focal task" of Kuwaiti government

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. A man works at a construction site in Iraq's northern province of Arbil September 25, 2010.

Image used for illustrative purpose. A man works at a construction site in Iraq's northern province of Arbil September 25, 2010.

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Kuwait is working on its ambitious plan to establish 'border towns' alongside the neighbouring Iraq and is also in talks with the Iraqi authorities for developing a freezone between the two countries, according to a report.

First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Sheikh Nasser Sabah AlAhmad Al Sabah stated that planned construction of border towns was currently "the preoccupation and focal task" of the government and the Supreme Planning Council, reported Kuna.

He was speaking during a follow-up session of the National Assembly, during which the MPs debated housing affairs namely the blueprint to erect a new central and integrated city.

"We are currently working on establishing border towns and we have discussed with Iraq establishment of a free zone between Kuwait and Iraq," remarked Sheikh Nasser.

Kuwait's planned Al Harir (Silk) City will be built in a border region neighbouring great and importance states, Iran and Iraq, he added.

The minister indicated that the plan to develop Al Harir City had been merged into the scheme to develop the five islands as well as the free trade zone. The new Silk City is likely to attract investments to the tune of a whopping $650 billion in the coming 25 years, he added.

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